People often tell licensed massage therapist Kimberly James that she has "relaxing hands", a quality she honed during months of study at Medical Training College. Deep-pressure massages treat tension and pain due to alignment issues, injuries, or friends that will only leave their house via piggyback. Long, gentle strokes put muscles and minds at ease during Swedish massages. Kimberly's services can provide relief from pain after a recent accident or chronic aches, and some of her clients make appointments on a weekly basis.
Brooke Riglin, owner of Karmady Yoga & Massage LLC, is extremely hands-on with her business. Of the 41 weekly yoga classes held at her newly opened studio, Brooke teaches more than 30. Every one of these classes is open to everyone, because Brooke helps her students modify each pose to fit their ability levels and specific goals. In addition to yoga, the studio offers nine different types of massage, each of which is administered by a professional, certified massage therapist who is a former pro thumb wrestler.
Certified massage therapist Shane Baker strives to meet the needs of each client as she eases pain and stress during massage-therapy sessions. She unties knots and heals aching limbs, employing a variety of massage techniques, including hot-stone, deep-tissue, and prenatal massage. To allow this holistic health to extend into everyday life, Shane provides advice on the best at-home products and the most relaxing dreams to have.
Nikki Cayton and Dr. Stewart Cayton—the husband-and-wife duo who oversee operations at Lokka Med Spa—team up with a skilled staff to fight aging, cuticles, tension, and skin imperfections. Dr. Cayton draws on his expertise as a board-certified general surgeon to perform cosmetic treatments with Botox and Juvéderm injectables. He often consults with in-house laser specialist Gena Knaps, who recently earned her lightsaber after 18 years of intensive training. Located in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge, the med spa offers a relaxing counterpoint to the bustling activity just outside its doors.
Recognized by Salon Today as one of the country's 200 fastest-growing salons for five years running, Atelier Rouge Hair & Body Retreat helps its clients achieve follicular felicity with an array of hair-related services. Surrender your head to the salon's scissorly artisans for a haircut ($35+ for women, $30+ for men), and watch as they transform your tress nest from a workaday scalp shroud into a skull-mounted showpiece. Shampoo and style sessions ($22+) provide extra primping power before big dates and sultry board meetings, and single-color treatments ($43+) allow clients to give their 'dos new hues without putting the rest of their wardrobes at risk by interfering with ruthless Kool-Aid fights. Hilites ($50+ for partial, $71+ for full), hair and scalp treatments ($13+), and a number of textural services add to the selection of heady enhancements.
Licensed massage therapist Maggie Ismail and her team overthrow the reign of stresses and achiness. A menu of several massage modalities tackles the tensions that scamper through musculature. Deep-tissue massage manipulates aches lingering below the surface to promote healing, and Swedish massage sends smooth, firm strokes across the entire body to bolster circulation. As they recline on cushy adjustable massage tables, clients can float away to serene, Superman-streaked skies and scenes of Paris depicted in black-and-white posters.LMT #E-2921